About SUNY Cobleskill:
The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill is an accredited polytechnic college that is primarily baccalaureate and residential. SUNY Cobleskill is one of few institutions in the United States where an undergraduate student may also choose to earn an associate degree. The College has an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students in 59 programs divided into two schools, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences. An economic engine for rural New York, SUNY Cobleskill is home to a wide array of extended learning and professional development opportunities.
Modeling experiential education, SUNY Cobleskill is committed to providing small classes, excellent facilities, and a hands-on learning environment. Whether students plan to further their education or begin their professional careers, they graduate with the foundation to pursue their goals and to succeed.
Employment is with The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that administers sponsored program activity for SUNY Cobleskill.
Position Overview: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York State is seeking a Food Science Fellow to (a) provide food and beverage product development support and education to clients of the Mohawk Valley Farm & Food Business Incubator; (b) develop food science-related workshop and virtual programming for Incubator clients; (c) work closely with SUNY Cobleskill faculty to develop academic programming and courses in food science, applied fermentation and food processing; and (d) deliver food science-related courses or course modules to degree- or credential-seeking SUNY Cobleskill students. The Food Science Fellow will be based on SUNY Cobleskill's campus (with use of campus commercial kitchens, Food Packaging, Brewing and Distilling, and the Dairy Processing Center), though travel for meetings with Incubator principals and/or clients may be necessary. It is expected that work done with and on behalf of Incubator clients will lead to successful FDA scheduled process applications and food and beverage product launches. This position is fully funded from May 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023 with a USDA Agriculture Innovation Center grant; while additional funding to extend the position will be pursued, employment beyond the life of the grant is not guaranteed.
Description of Duties:
- Conduct one-on-one product development mentoring and prototyping with Farm and Food Business Incubator clients, with particular focus on value-added food products/producers in any of the following areas: dairy, fermentation, distilling, and/or food processing.
- In collaboration with Farm and Food Business Incubator staff, develop and deliver in-person and/or virtual workshop programming?and print/web materials-- related to product development principles, food safety regulation and food/beverage markets for Incubator clients
- Under the direction of the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at SUNY Cobleskill, work closely with Culinary Arts, Food Systems and other faculty at SUNY Cobleskill to develop and/or improve academic courses and programming in food science, applied fermentation and food processing; where relevant, this work may include offering professional development/training modules for faculty teaching in these disciplines
- Collaborate with SUNY Cobleskill faculty to integrate baccalaureate students into product development projects done with and on behalf of Incubator clients
- Each academic semester, offer up to SIX contact hours of credit-bearing courses in food science, food processing or applied fermentation
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Nutrition, or a related field with some applied product development experience and Graduate degree work near completion in Food Science. Knowledge and awareness of food safety regulation and the work of FDA process authorities is a plus. Knowledge of best practices for producing high-quality, small batch value-added products is also a plus. Strong organizational and communication skills. Ability to work independently as well as with team members; self-starter. Interest in and capacity for delivering educational programming to adult learner, undergraduate and other audiences is key.
Preferred Qualifications:. ABD Ph.D. in Food Science
Salary Range: $48,000 - 55,000/year PLUS benefits
Reports to Institute for Rural Vitality Director (Incubator) and Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at SUNY Cobleskill (Academic)
Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, three work-related references, along with a letter of application,
Closing date for receipt of applications: April 15, 2022
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, an EEO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer, offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance.